Socionic

Socionic

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandMetalProgressive

Inspired by bands such as Tool, NIN, and The Deftones, the music of Socionic emerges as a calculated release of passion and power; their live incarnation translates into an explosive and energetic demonstration, engaging audiences with a sound that seamlessly flows from brutal to beautiful.

Band Press

Socionic, Elixir On Mute & Others Play ‘Progressive Underground’ Show At King King – Metal Assault

Following that great AFTER set, it was the turn of Socionic, billed as the headliners of this event and once again featuring the talents of Matt Denis who pulled double duty on bass at this show with Socionic and AFTER. Compared to the other three bands in this lineup, Socionic had more of a visual element to their show through the usage of horizontal light strips lined up either side of the drumkit, and the lighting patterns went in sync with the music being played on stage, enhancing its impact to an extent. When you think of the term progressive metal, you think of intricate guitar work, creative rhythm fills and odd time-signatures, but one aspect that’s definitely underrated is the vocal delivery, as proven by great frontmen like Russell Allen, Ray Alder and Jonas Renske without whom their respective bands Symphony X, Fates Warning and Katatonia wouldn’t be quite the same. For Socionic, singer Michael Meinhart put on an excellent performance, utilizing his great voice and stage presence to the fullest extent, playing an indispensable role in the band’s musical expression and showing that having a non-instrument-playing singer can make a huge difference. But of course, he was well supported by his three band mates and as a group Socionic brought forth a thought-provoking display of dark musical artistry which combined the heavy and the tender elements in equal measure.

New Music Critique: Socionic - February 2013 – Music Connection

Stellar performances, rich production and the ability to craft multi-level, Tool-like tunes that would improve any sci-fi/horror soundtrack. Yeah, the mix is slightly noisy, but "Epiphany" is a winner, a rock-radio-ready cut with singer Michael's whisper/whine riding well above the showers of cymbals and riffs. The driving, vigorous "Prodigal" is nearly as compelling, with production finesse that keeps the track peeling like an onion. An Aderol dream space tune, "Aisa Morta" is an ambitious opus that fans can savor repeatedly for subtle tones and touches.

Socionic Explores Identity In This Rock Symphony – Middle Tennesse Music

If you are a hard rock/progressive/metal junkie (like myself), then Identity by Socionic is your new fix.
Los Angeles based Socionic is dope (I first wanted to say amazing but then I felt that was too cheesy and cliche).
Identity is a work of art. A passionate exploration of identity through abstract visual and aural stimuli. Not only does this band create great music, they also have some amazing art.

Drawing inspiration from bands such as Tool, Alice in Chains, Nine Inch Nails, and The Deftones, Socionic creates a symphony any metal-head will appreciate.

Wondering about the pristine production? That one’s easy. The band worked with acclaimed producer Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory, Megadeath, Mudvayne, Paradise Lost).

That answers that.

This music is dark and light, brutal and beautiful, hardcore and gentle all at once.

This is my new favorite album. Go grab your copy.

Socionic - Identity – Indiemunity

Los Angeles based alternative rock and progressive metal band Socionic is the answering the call for artistic expression through musical composition. Taking the artistic presence of music to an extended level, their album Identity, released October 2012 has been carefully constructed to stimulate your mind through both audio and visual effects, intended to be experienced together.

Likened to, and inspired by Alice in Chains, Tool and Nine Inch Nails, Socionic “release passion and power, blended with the diversity and detail of a crafted symphony”, incorporating brutally beautiful elements to create an indulgent experience of semi psychedelic vibrations that run through your body.

Exploring the diversity and contrast of the world around us, Socionic’s lyrics are well crafted and thought provoking. Ignorant Idiot tells the tale of a feeling we're all too familiar about, well, an ignorant idiot (we all know one, right?) and Epiphany, though appearing delicate, is an incredibly magnetising. There’s another three songs to enjoy; each with their own level of mystery, and each designed for an individual journey, open to interpretation.

Socionic - Identity

With the assistance of acclaimed producer Rhys Fulber (Megadeath, Delerium, Mudvayne), Socionic have created an album that embodies the very core of musical expression. Collectively representing “pain, growth, wisdom, humility, excitement, power and dissension against forces that would seek to quell progression of our collective mind”, Identity is an abstract experience on the journey to discovering individualism and life itself.

Are you up for it?

Review by Siobhan Chapman

Socionic - Identity – The Ripple Effect


Tool. That’s the first thing I thought when I listened to the first track of Identity by the band Socionic. Straight up Tool.

Not like, “Hey man, you’re a tool”. But “Man, I love that band Tool”.

This was before I even looked at their Facebook page and saw that they stated that Tool was one of their influences. The comparison really comes out in their music, and that’s strange. Usually, the comparisons don’t add up. Like a band says they sound like Circa Survive and actually sound like a chorus of angry cats.

Just because you have a high voice doesn’t mean you are Circa Survive.

But this band has nailed their sound counterparts. It all begins and ends with the vocalist. He does the best Maynard James Keenan impression I’ve ever heard. It sounds a great deal like him.
He doesn’t have quite the range or passion or Keenan (who does?) and sometimes it sounds a bit forced in terms of how “angsty” it is, but overall he puts forth a quality performance on every track.

The band has a nice moody riffing to it. It isn’t as dark as Tool, and nowhere near as technical. It almost takes me back to when 90’s riff rock was popular. Bands like Tool, Alice in Chains, and old Staind seemed to be everywhere. It’s a quality sound and it works for this band. It’s a great listen.
When you put the whole picture together, this band seems to know exactly where they want to go. They aren’t going to conform to what’s popular today. They’re heavy, slightly dark, and heady with their lyrical content. They have a growing fan base, and I look forward to hearing big things from them in the future.

--The Professor